An event that brings together high-level speakers to discuss the opportunities around plastic sustainability for the design community is coming to London on September 21.
The sixth international ‘Plasticity Forum’ will give designers a chance to learn how to lead the brands they work for, and products they develop, into a circular economy.
Part of the London Design Festival (LDF), the Plasticity Forum aims to inspire a segment of industry that often is missing at sustainability-related discussions.
“Plastic is an incredibly valuable material due to its light weight, durability and versatile properties, but because of these very qualities, it is complex to handle when thrown away and the lack of infrastructure in waste and recycling around the world has not kept pace with the material’s broad use,” explained Doug Woodring, Plasticity’s founder.
He added that the event will offer “a big conversation on the future of plastic,” and discuss where opportunities can be created related to recycled content, product reuse, resource recovery, job creation and waste reduction.
Held most recently in Shanghai, the event, which is organised in conjunction with the Ocean Recovery Alliance, a NGO established to improve the ocean environment, brings together experts from across the global plastics spectrum to discuss innovation and the dynamics of scaling processes, materials and recycling to reduce waste and create value.
Some of the global expert speakers in this uniquely focused event, which covers a wide spectrum of topics within the plastic space, include Chris Grantham, Circular Economy Portfolio Director from IDEO, one of the world’s leading design companies; Quentin Drewell, UK Circular Economy Lead - Accenture; Willem De Vos, CEO - Society of Plastics Engineers; Simon Widmer, Project Manager of Circular Design - Ellen MacArthur Foundation; David Wilson, Director - Vanden Recycling, and Panjak Pancholi, President - Just Egg, which makes a new polymer additive from egg shells.
Entrepreneurs, innovators and designers will also join representatives from the British Plastics Federation and the City of London to lead one of LDF’s biggest sustainability events.
Plasticity London will include discussions on topics such as:
Designing for recycling and standardisation of materials
Opportunities in manufacturing for the use of recycled content
Innovations that reduce plastic waste impact and improve brand value
Reverse supply chains, bring-back programmes and how to engage customers
Scaling for circular economies within industrial and municipal environments
Turning waste streams into profit streams
The recycling tipping point – transforming public beliefs and actions
Who Should Attend?
The event is aimed at brand leaders and innovators, manufacturers and retailers, biopolymer and resin makers, designers, packaging producers, waste-to-fuel companies, angel investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies and policy makers, educators and think tanks.
The all-day event will be held in The Great Room of the Royal Society of Arts in Covent Garden, and pre-registration is required.